Just a reminder for all — in September, specifically September 28 according to Amazon, the mass market version of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms will go on sale. This is great, because it’s about a month before The Broken Kingdoms starts showing up in stores, so people who buy the mass market will be able to immediately indulge their urge to buy the second book — no waiting! But it also means, sadly, that the trade paperback version of 100K will probably disappear shortly afterward, because mass markets tend to kill more expensive versions. Just how the business works.
But the trade paperback of 100K is near and dear to my heart, because (obviously) it’s my First Published Book. And it’s so lovely — the matte-textured cover (US version) with its gorgeous colors, the soft feel of the paper. I freely admit that no matter how convenient it becomes to download ebooks, I may never give up physical books fully, because I just love the sheer aesthetic/tactile pleasure of them. I even sniff the pages; it’s kinda creepy. (Wait, no, I’m a Published Author now. It’s not creepy; it’s eccentric.)
So anyway, if you feel the same, keep in mind that the next couple of months will pretty much be your last chance to buy the trade paperback. Of course I don’t mind if you’d rather wait for the mm — sales are sales* — but for those of you who do share that purely tactile thrill of opening a nice fat book, just wanted to give you fair warning.
Also, I will be releasing the first three chapters of The Broken Kingdoms as I did with 100K — chapter 1 in September, chapter 2 in October, and chapter 3 in November (the month it goes on sale). I waffled a bit about this because BrokeKing doesn’t have the same kind of rapid hook as 100K did; it takes a little longer to get going, and I’m not sure readers can get as good a feel for the story with just 3 chapters. But what the heck; let’s try it anyway.
Super-advance warning: I will be in London in late October! Doing some events there to help promote book 2, plus just taking a much-needed vaycay. More on this later, for the London peeps. For everybody else, I’m already planning a contest for book 2’s launch week. The grand prize will a chance for one lucky reader to peruse the (draft) manuscript of book 3, The Kingdom of Gods!
Ah, autumn. My favorite season.
* Though if you’re really concerned, I get a slightly-higher percentage of royalties from sales of the trade paperback than I do from the mass market. And while sales are sales, sales sooner are always better than sales later, for most authors these days. But no pressure.